Turin, Italy

Population: 885,000


Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region and one of Italy’s most economically important cities. Since the 1990s it has been transforming from an automotive industrial centre into a hub for start-ups and business innovation. This led to its second place in the 2016 ‘European Capital of Innovation’ competition.


Thanks to the introduction in recent years of networks of parks, green cycling lanes, and green corridors along rivers and former-railway lines, Turin has more green space per inhabitant than any other italian city.

The Living Lab: Mirafiori Sud

Turin’s Living Lab for this project is the district of Mirafiori Sud. Located on the river Sangone, it is a former working class area with 40,000 inhabitants and various social groups.  The area has high potential for urban regeneration, with its active local associations, strong cultural heritage and abandoned industrial buildings available for new community ventures.

All schools in Mirafiori Sud are involved in implementing and testing the innovative solutions. This will enable local families and citizens to play an active role in developing their own neighbourhood.


Watch the video of local partner Orti Generali, for a peek of the Living Lab  activities in 2019.




To explore the NbS implemented in the living lab and their status click on the above image to zoom in.


Latest news from Turin

The Butterfly Effect – protecting pollinators for multiple benefits

7 September 2021

Turin - a proGIreg front-runner city is a true pioneer when it comes to fostering pollinator biodiversity and engaging the local community.

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Downtime provides opportunities for innovations – 2021 updates from proGIreg Living Labs

26 July 2021

While the COVID-19 pandemic has still somewhat restricted on site activities in proGIreg living labs in 2021, the proGIreg cities network has continued to gather online in the proGIreg ‘Living Lab Lounges’ to share experiences, knowledge and information to support each other in their nature-based transformation. ProGIreg 'front-runner' cities test, plan and implement nature-based solutions (NbS), and invite proGIreg 'follower cities' to learn about their experiences.


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Greening Mirafiori in Turin - an international case study to regenerate industrial areas

28 May 2021

The innovative initiatives developed in the proGIreg Living Lab by local actors and entities (among them the fondazione Mirafiori), that involved citizens in this process of adaptation to the new urban reality, have garnered great media attention. Turin aims to demonstrate that by integrating the voices of the different local actors, the project can give priority to real economic and social needs.


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Touring Turin’s nature-based solutions at the proGIreg mid-term conference

27 April 2021

Turin is know to be an innovator, and whilst travel is restricted due to the pandemic, the city hosted an inspiring interactive virtual tour of the proGIreg Living Lab, 21-22 April 2021.


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Take a tour of Turin’s nature-based transformation!

12 April 2021

As proGIreg is past the mid-point of the project lifespan, we will be marking the occasion with a tour of our front-runner city Turin’s transformation with nature-based solutions (NBS) 21-22 April. Since 2018 Turin has been co-designing- and implementing nature-based solutions in its innovative proGIreg Living Lab.


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Greening the city walls - vertical gardens in Turin

22 February 2021

While on-site activities with citizens have been limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, proGIreg Living Lab in Turin has kept busy introducing green walls or more elaborately called - vertical gardens - to buildings to delight citizens. Green walls have a multitude of benefits, they improve insulation, reduce storm water run-off, capture CO2 and filter pollutants, resulting in reduced energy consumption and increased resilience.


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Rooting for regrowth – a look back at proGireg Living Lab's 2020

6 January 2021

The past year was tumultuous to say the least, posing challenges to on-site activities in proGireg Living Labs - however they have taken the challenge as an opportunity to root locally and re-evaluate. Throughout 2020 the Living Lab’s have exchanged experiences, by meeting up regularly in proGireg’s virtual ‘Living Lab Lounges’. Learn about what Turin (Italy), Ningbo (China), Zagreb (Croatia), Cascais (Portugal), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Dortmund (Germany), Piraeus (Greece) and Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) have been up to in 2020.


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proGIreg inspires regeneration in Turin Climathon

21 November 2020

How can we collectively brainstorm to ensure we are not forgetting the imminent environmental threats to our wellbeing? Enter Climathon 2020, a global event where citizens gather and innovate together for a better future. ProGIreg Living Lab city Turin utilised proGIreg nature-based solutions to inspire participants to reinvent an unused area in the city.


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Agents of change – an interview with urban gardening visionary Matteo Baldo

30 March 2020

The community-based urban farms and gardens of proGIreg Living Lab 'Orti Generali' in Turin´s Mirafiori Sud district are a prime example of nature-based solutions in action. Orti Generali aims to foster a socially inclusive and community-driven neighbourhood by enabling citizens to grow their own food. We spoke with Matteo Baldo, one of the curators of the project. Matteo is a sociologist and an educator passionate about urban horticulture.


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Understanding food in Turin

9 March 2020

What does food mean to you? What role do you play in your local food system? To some, food is purely something you put in your body so that it can function. To others, producing, preparing or consuming food is a livelihood, a hobby, or even part of a culture or local identity. In Turin, an interdisciplinary team of researchers are learning about the impact of nature-based solutions on the food-related context – the ‘foodscape’ – of the proGIreg Living Lab, Mirafiori Sud, through the city’s Food System Atlas.


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Turin’s butterfly experts welcome guests from Piraeus

13 September 2019

Last week, delegates from Piraeus (Greece) - a commercial port on the East Mediterranean coast, in one of Europe’s most densely populated municipalities - paid a visit to the community gardens of Turin (Italy) to learn how local citizens have teamed up with the university and local associations to improve urban pollinator biodiversity. 


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Designing living walls in Turin

10 May 2019

In times of increasing urbanisation, green spaces in cities are essential to reducing air and noise pollution, and increasing resilience towards the effects of climate change. But what if the ground space in inner-city areas is full with roads and concrete structures? The proGIreg team in Turin have decided to go vertical and put gardens on their walls. And just like the horizontal type, vertical gardens also need a good design. So during 4-8 March 2019, a group of Master students in System Design from the Politecnico di Torino came together for the “Life on Wall” workshop, within the framework of the proGIreg Living Lab in Mirafiori Sud, to learn all about designing green walls.


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Back to basics: city gardening rises again

4 April 2019

Concrete jungles used to be seen as a fact of city life; it's what you accepted in return for the economic and cultural opportunities that cities had to offer. The residents of Mirafiori Sud – the proGIreg Living Lab in Turin - however, have shown that times are changing, and that cities too, can be green. In February 2019 they came together to design and plan their new community gardens, - part of the 'Orti Generali' project. And they are not alone; with various styles of community gardening sprouting up throughout Europe and beyond, city gardening is the latest big trend.


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Laying the foundations towards a common vision in Turin

14 February 2019

Mirafiori Sud is creating a vision of its own future: with initial ideas being of a place where all people - young and old - want to live, work, build connections and friendships, and can freely travel around by bicycle, and where green businesses flourish.

Mirafiori Sud is the southern sub-district of Turin and proGIreg’s Living Lab in the city. As the former location for FIAT’s automobile industry, it has a working class heritage and active local community ready to join the proGIreg team in its quest to regenerate the area. And lately, the team has been very busy laying the foundations for this project.

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Joining forces to revive Mirafiori Sud’s post-industrial heritage

15 November 2018

Turin has made its first steps towards green regeneration in the city’s Living Lab, Mirafiori Sud, by hosting the first proGIreg co-design planning meeting.

Mirafiori Sud is a southern sub-district of Turin, located on the river Sangone and inhabited by approximately 40,000 residents. As a former centre of FIAT’s automobile production, Mirafiori Sud has an industrial, working class legacy and stunning post-industrial heritage, with numerous empty spaces and buildings waiting to be regenerated.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation action programme under grant agreement no. 776528. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the proGIreg project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.